Robert Elliott, Museum Service Award 2019

Words from Robert Elliott, Recognized for his Service I started intermittent volunteering somewhere around 2008, after Beverly (my wife) and I journeyed to Egypt, with a museum sponsored trip led by Mike Perry. We made several new friends one of which, Rosario Gomez of Mexico, helped us repatriate a rare book back to the National Museum in Mexico City. I …

Volunteer Spotlight – Jim Osborn

Here at Cross Orchards Historic Site we have been very lucky to have in our volunteer corps a retired professional painter, Jim Osborn. In early May, Jim offered to paint both the gallery building (previously the Country Store) at Cross and the clubhouse of our partners, the Grand Valley Model Railroad Club, for free. With such a rare and priceless …

In Memoriam

We lost a great friend of the Museum recently. Ann Buelow was a friend to many and a loyal volunteer. Before her tenure at the museum, she was an army nurse stationed at a MASH unit in Vietnam. In the 1990s, she took on a volunteer position at what was then Dinosaur Valley in downtown Grand Junction. But that wasn’t …

Museums of Western Colorado Volunteer Kay Fredette Honored as Colorado’s Outstanding Tourism Volunteer of the Year

As a retired dental hygienist, she used to clean people’s teeth. Now, as a 78-year-young superstar volunteer at Dinosaur Journey in Fruita, she cleans dinosaur teeth, bones, and other fossil specimens. For her 31 years of volunteer work with the Museums of Western Colorado, Kay Fredette was honored in October at the annual Colorado Governor’s Tourism Conference with the 2017 …

Museum Education Class

When most people in the Grand Valley think about their local heritage, what do they think of? Do they think of the Museums of Western Colorado? Or do they think of one of our sites, such as Cross Orchards Historic Site or the Museum of the West? Many people who walk through the door of Dinosaur Journey Museum in Fruita …

Digging for Dinosaurs in Retirement

Curious about what volunteering at the Museums might be like? Here’s some insight from volunteers at our Dinosaur Journey site in an article on nextavenue.org – where grown-ups keep growing. “As a young boy, Tom Lawrence was fascinated with dinosaurs and dreamed of becoming a paleontologist. Life had other things in store. But now, at 69, Lawrence drives each week …